About this listing
‣ Newly renovated maison de village
‣ Historical centre of chic, magnificent Uzès
‣ Rare views of towers of Uzès
‣ Accommodates 2 (4)
‣ Complimentary tickets for swimming pool
‣ Also ideal for extended stays, creative retreats
COMFORTABLE, AFFORDABLE TOWN HOUSE WITH VIEWS >>
The 18th century town house has just been renovated and features a loggia with a kitchen and rare views of the towers of the ducal palace, the so-called Duché.
Apart from the loggia, the house has a comfortable first floor sitting room, a bedroom with a toilet and sink on the second floor, and a wet room with shower, storage and a washing machine.
There's a TV with international channels, free wifi, free calls to land lines in Europe and North America, and a bicycle that you are welcome to use.
A good friend jokingly calls the decorative style "modern monastic". I've worked hard to retain and highlight the old stone walls, beams and other features and decorated it with mainly Scandinavian furniture.
Please take note that the house has four levels and stairs must not be a problem for you.
GATEWAY TO BEAUTY, HISTORY >>
No. 2 on The Guardian's Holiday Hotspots: Where To Go in 2014, Uzès is often called "the Frenchman’s own holiday paradise." Experience and enjoy Uzès' Utopian relaxed charm: narrow streets with carefully restored houses, tree-lined squares with medieval arcades and an abundance of cafes, restaurants and chic shopping.
It's an easy place to stay content but also a perfect base for day trips in an area packed with cultural and natural gems, including Mediterranean beaches, Avignon, Nimes, Montpellier, the Camargue, Aix-en-Provence, Baux-de-Provence, Arles and Marseille.
In actual fact, once visitors arrive in Uzès most prefer to stay put. In the words of another friend: "Uzès is a trap. You'll never leave." Many return again and again - and some of us fall so much in love we end up getting a second home.
Interaction with Guests
On occasion I manage to meet guests if I am holidaying or visiting friends in Uzès, but mostly contact is by email, text message, or phone: I'm always connected and try to respond as well and as fast as I can if you need me. On site, the cleaner, Nelly, and the builder, Amar, are also ready to help.
The house is situated in a quiet and beautiful pedestrianized street in Uzès' historical centre, a great starting point for tranquil walks in the aristocratic town's labyrinthine core.
There's a friendly salon de thé round the corner, an Italian who serves great coffees further down the street and whole list of restaurants and cafés on the boulevard and in the alleyways, not forgetting the market on the Place aux Herbes Wednesdays and Saturdays and Uzès' famous quality antique and craft shops.
Although Uzès in many ways retains a feeling of living as a separate Utopian fiefdom that makes you not want to leave at all, it is in fact well-connected with the outside world.
Direct busses to Nimes TGV station in the city centre take less than half an hour and cost 1.30EUR. Busses to Avignon are 45 minutes and also stop at the unmissable Pont du Gard World Heritage site.
TO AND FROM UZÈS >>
Uzès is conveniently located close to France’s major highways A9 and A7.
If you’re travelling from abroad you may find it easier and faster to get to the south of France by plane or train, via for example Paris, Marseille, Montpellier, Nimes or Avignon.
TGV trains run from Paris to Avignon or Nimes in less than three hours. Cheap tickets at the IDTGV website. Normal fare tickets at the SNCF website.
Other Things to Note
EASY PARKING >>
Paid outdoor parking (€3.60 a day) is a one minute walk away behind the archbishop's palace. Paid subterranean parking (€10 a day) is also round the corner, on the Boulevard.
For free parking you'll have to walk about five minutes to the rue Saint-Firmin area.
Please be mindful of the neighbours and refrain from playing loud music after 22.00. The streets are very quiet generally so mind what you say about the French! ;-))
BE CAREFUL ON THE STAIRS: THE HOUSE HAS FOUR LEVELS
Ground floor: ENTRANCE W. SHOWER, BASIN AND WASHING MACHINE
1st floor: SITTING ROOM W. SOFA BED
2nd floor: BEDROOM, TOILET
3rd floor: LOGGIA & KITCHEN
Basement: Off-limits. Please don’t enter. It’s dark, very deep and halfway down the stairs stop.
I suggest unpacking what you need and leaving suitcases on the ground floor. There is also limited storage space with a few shelves and hangers by the bed in the bedroom.
TOWELS & LINEN, DUVETS & PILLOWCASES
Extra towels and linen is stored under the bed. In the South of France, most people will find it too hot to sleep with duvets in the summer so the bed will be made simply with a flat sheet. Duvets are stored in the storage space under the shelves to the left of the bed.
TEA TOWELS & NAPKINS & CUTLERY
Tea towels/napkins: right cupboard under the sink in the Loggia. Cutlery: Left drawer of the worktop.
Because there is only one SCART entry on the TV, if you want to watch DVDs you need to disconnect the SCART cable (the one with the black rectangular head) from the Cable TV Box and connect it to the DVD player instead. Please reconnect the cable to the Cable TV Box again as it was after use.
There’s a CD player in the Loggia and a small selection of classical, jazz, contemporary and world music CDs.
Please note that cycles on European washing machines are much longer than Australian and American.
A run can easily last up to two hours so don’t panic when it goes on spinning.
Right cupboard under the sink in the Loggia.
Fuse box and main switch can be found on the Ground Floor to the left of the window.
See last page for images on how to pull out sofa bed.
FREE CALLS & WIFI
There is a telephone in the house in the Sitting Room. Calls to landline numbers in Europe, Australia & USA are free. Calls to mobile phones, in France or abroad are not.
The router can be found in the corner behind the sofa in the Sitting Room if you need to reboot it.
In the hot summer months, the trick to stay cool is to keep the shutters in the Sitting Room closed during the day, and keep the blinds down in front of the sliding doors in the Loggia. You leave them open at your peril.
You can leave the windows open BEHIND the shutters in the Sitting Room but at night, when you sleep, and when you are out of the house make sure the shutters are securely closed.
Recycling bins can be found on the corner of Boulevard Charles Gide and rue du Collège, next to the entrance to the Parking Gide, indicated on the map of Uzès that I have enclosed.
Paid outdoor parking is on the Promenade des Marroniers, two minutes’ walk from the house. As you circle the town take the first (sharp) right turn after the Cathedral where the road divides – and turn into the parking area. Price Euro 3.60 a day.
There’s also paid parking at the Parking Gide on the Boulevard Charles Gide, again two minutes from the house. Here you can park underground at Euro 11.00 a day.
For free parking choose the streets around rue Saint-Firmin or rue Druoda. It’s a 5 minute walk back to the house.
QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
Hopefully your stay will be a smooth and enjoyable one with no problems.
However, if you do have questions or if there is anything I can help you with, don’t hesitate to contact me by email, calling me, or sending me a text message.
I am usually able to respond quickly.
The first floor sitting room overlooks two pedestrianised streets in the historical centre.
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with my partner Luis (& our cat Gustus), I work in corporate communication and do some creative writing on the side. Luis is a geographer and works with town planning for Copenhagen Municipality.
Taking our cue from Airbnb's recommendations, the five things we couldn't live without are probably our communication devices, books, music, travel and the people we love.
Favourite book: Lawrence Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet. Favourite travel destination: Uzès, of course.
As Airbnb hosts, we enjoy sharing our own passion for and knowledge of both Uzès & Copenhagen: expect to stay in the home of people who take a keen interest in making sure you enjoy your stay and will like their favourite places as much as they do!